Take the High Ground! (1953) – Episode 77

Take the High Ground! (1953)

Welcome to today’s show, Take the High Ground! (1953), my name is John. As always you can subscribe to the show on iTunes or follow the links to social media in the podcast show notes. You can also go to snarkymoviereviews.com to read notes, bios, and other random movie thoughts. Remember this show is completely free and independent. All I ask is that you jump over to iTunes and give me a review.

Today’s movie is Take the High Ground! (1953). This movie is a macho bonanza. Elaine Stewart is virtually the only woman in the movie. I like this movie because it is an accurate portrayal of basic training.

ACTORS

Richard Widmark played the role of SFC. Thorne Ryan. Widmark was covered in Episode 18 – The Vikings (1958).

Karl Malden played SSG. Laverne Holt. Malden was covered in Episode 26 – Time Limit (1957).

Russ Tamblyn played recruit Paul Jamison. During this movie, he was able to use his considerable acrobatic skills … Continue reading

Against All Odds (1984) – Episode 55

Against All Odds (1984)

Against All Odds (1984) – Show Notes

Welcome to today’s show, Against All Odds (1984), my name is John. As always you can subscribe to the show on iTunes or follows the links to social media in the podcast show notes. You can also go to snarkymoviereviews.com to read notes, bios, and other random movie thoughts.

Today’s movie is a remake of Out of the Past (1947) and is titled Against All Odds (1984). This movie has some great actors and a few from the original film.

Rachel Ward played the lead female role, AKA the women that keeps killing people, Jessie Wyler. Ward was born in England in 1957. Her film career started out on fire. She was in Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid (1982) and Against All Odds (1984) and then as far as the big star thing goes she just sorta got shoved aside. She has been successful directing and writing.

Jeff Bridges plays down and out football player Terry Brogan. This is the … Continue reading

The Alamo (1960) – Episode 49

Linda Cristal - The Alamo (1960)

The Alamo (1960) and it is a star studded epic. This movie was directed, produced, and starred the great American actor John Wayne as Col. Davy Crockett, Richard Widmark as Col. Bowie, and Laurence Harvey as Col. Travis.

Rough Script The Alamo (1960)

Welcome to today’s show, my name is John. As always you can subscribe to the show on iTunes or follows the links to social media in the podcast

show notes. You can also go to snarkymoviereviews.com to read notes, bios, and other random movie thoughts.

Today’s movie is a little John Wayne art piece. I’m just kidding. It’s The Alamo (1960) and it is a star studded epic. This movie was directed, produced, and starred the great American actor John Wayne as Col. Davy Crockett. We covered John Wayne in Episode 2 – Chisum (1970).

Another great American actor Richard Widmark played the role of Col. Jim Bowie. Richard Widmark was covered in Episode 23 – Continue reading

Warlock (1959) – Episode 31

Warlock (1959) - Henry Fonda

Warlock (1959) is a rehash of the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral with an all-star cast that includes Richard Widmark, Henry Fonda, and Anthony Quinn.

Rough Script Warlock (1959)

Welcome to Episode 31 – Warlock (1959). I am sorry if you were expecting a horror film as this is a classic western. We are continuing with the Richard Widmark line that was begun in Episode 23 The Long Ships (1964). This is a very complex movie and I will use a quote from the Tennessee Word Smith, with a link on WordPress, to outline the movie:

“Imagine a movie with an intricate plot, driven not so much by events as by the tangled relationships between several well-drawn characters. It is a movie with obvious homoerotic undertones and some surprisingly intense violence. To further stretch your imagination, envision it as a film made in 1959 –and a Western, at that.”
Tennessee WordSmith

That’s a pretty good summary so I will jump right into the … Continue reading

Saint Joan (1957) – Episode 29

Saint Joan (1957)

Saint Joan (1957) is an Anglo film adaptation of a George Bernard Shaw play. The movie flows like a play and brings very little originality to the story. Quite frankly would not even review this film except for Otto Preminger directing and Richard Widmark‘s over the top portray of The Dauphin, Charles VII.

Rough Script Saint Joan 1957

Saint Joan (1957) is an Anglo film adaptation of a George Bernard Shaw play. The movie flows like a play and brings very little originality to the story. Quite frankly would not even review this film except for Otto Preminger directing and Richard Widmark‘s over the top portray of The Dauphin, Charles VII. Of course, we are still on the Richard Widmark line.

The movie is told in flashback after Charles wakes in his bedroom to find the 25-years dead Joan there. They jump back to the beginning of her story and then end again in the bedroom.

As I previously said Richard Widmark was cast as The Dauphin, Charles … Continue reading

The Bedford Incident (1965) – Episode 27

The Bedford Incident (1965)

The Bedford Incident (1965) is a first rate Cold War drama with Richard Widmark and Sidney Poitier. This submarine versus destroyer battle is like a chess match with a surprise ending.

Rough Script The Bedford Incident (1965)

Welcome to Episode 27 The Bedford Incident (1965). This is a great Cold War film that stars Richard Widmark, Sidney Poitier, and Martin Balsam. All of the actors have been introduced before so there will only be a few additions. This movie has such a great ending you may want to stop and go watch the movie before you listen further. Of course we are still following the Widmark line.

Richard Widmark is cast in the role of Captain Eric Finlander U.S.N. He is obsessed with the Cold War enemy of the United States, the Soviet Union. He speaks his opinions to the dismay of his superiors and he drives his men to the breaking point and beyond. For more information on Widmark see Episode 23 – The Long Ships (1964).|

Sidney … Continue reading

Richard Widmark Bio

Richard Widmark

Richard Widmark was born in Minnesota and always had an interest in movies. Like so many, he attends college to become a lawyer but he was derailed by the acting bug. By the late 30s, he was acting in New York. When World War II broke out he tried to enlist but was medically disqualified for an ear problem. Following the war, Widmark went under contract with 20th Century Fox. Darryl F. Zanuck saw Widmark’s screen test for “Tommy Udo” and had him cast in this role for Kiss of Death (1947). After being nominated for Best Supporting Actor in this role, Widmark’s career was a blaze.

Through the 1950s, Widmark covered the major genres: Westerns, military, and the thriller.

He appeared with Marilyn Monroe in Don’t Bother to Knock (1952) and made Pickup on South Street (1953) that same year for director Samuel Fuller. That same year Take the High Ground! (1953) came out where Widmark played the role of a tough combat veteran trying to prepare boys … Continue reading

Time Limit (1957) – Episode 26

Time Limit (1957)

Time Limit (1957) is a Korean War POW investigation that takes place following the war.

Rough Script Time Limit (1957)

Welcome to Episode 26 Time Limit (1957). We are following the Richard Widmark line from The Long Ships (1964). This is a great little movie. I hadn’t watched this movie in a couple of decades and the last time I saw it was before I had ever seen The Manchurian Candidate (1962). I was a little shocked by the similarities between the two. But I’ll get into that after we go over the stars that are in this movie.

This film was directed by Karl Malden. He was born in Chicago but was raised in Gary, Indiana. Following high school, he spent three years working in a steel factory. He spent a short time at Arkansas State Teacher’s College before attending the Goodman Theater Dramatic School. Three years after he left the mill he went to New York and found work on the stage.

He severed in WWII as … Continue reading

The Long Ships (1964) – Episode 23

The Long Ships (1964)

The Long Ships (1964)

Welcome to Episode 22 – The Long Ships (1964). We are still following the Lionel Jeffries line. This movie is about Vikings so I love it no matter what. With big stars such as Richard Widmark and

Sidney Poitier, it’s hard to go wrong. But they did seem to go wrong a great deal. Poitier said, “To say it was disastrous is a compliment.”

Richard Widmark played the role of Viking Rolfe, son of Krok. He was really too old for this role and turned it down a few times. He finally agreed when that cast his good friend Sidney Poitier. Widmark has always fascinated me as an actor. He burst into movies playing angry and psychotic anti-heroes. However, in all of his roles, he seemed like he was cranked off. Is this good acting or was he really a mean guy?

Widmark was born in Minnesota and always had an interest in movies. Like so many, he attended college to become a lawyer but … Continue reading